Don't Say Happy Birthday - YEAR 5

5 YEARS!! - we are 5 years into raising money for animals.  5 years ago I decided instead of people wishing me a happy birthday on social media & in real life - to help raise money for animals in need.

A few years in my Nov 24 birthday buddy, and fellow animal lover, Rob 'Blasko" Nicholson (bassist for Ozzy Osbourne and manager of Zakk Wylde, Zakk Sabbath, Black Veil Brides) joined the crusade.  

It's a toss up if Blasko talks more about his animals than his bands.

This is the 5th year of raising money for animal charities - and this year we welcome another November birthday buddy (Nov 25), Gloria Butler (manager and wife of Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler).  Gloria is an animal lover and advocate.  I remember years ago going to a cat show with Gloria and Geezer where they rescued 2 kittens and since that time she has continued to rescue animals and has been actively involved in animal welfare.  

This year we will be giving the money to 2 charities:

Kitten Rescue Los Angeles - Kitten Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization devoted to finding loving homes for unwanted, homeless cats and kittens. We rescue cats and kittens from the streets of Los Angeles and from City Shelter euthanasia. Since our start in 1997, we have grown into one of the largest, most well-respected animal welfare groups in LA.

Kitten Rescue volunteers adopt out over 1,000 cats and kittens into homes every year. Since they began, they have rescued and placed over 17,000 cats into loving homes. Thousands more have been helped through our volunteer-fueled education and outreach programs.

Austin Pets Alive! - Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping to Keep Austin No Kill. Since 2008, APA! has saved nearly 50,000 dogs and cats from being killed at Central Texas shelters.

I have witnessed first hand their efforts when Texas was hit by Hurricane Harvey.  Their on-the-ground efforts helped numerous animals and families in TX.

Please help us raise money for animals in need.  Any amount is appreciated.  If you can't give, you can still help us by sharing this on social media.  

Thank you all!

Jon, Blasko & Gloria
  • Michael Curtis 
    • $500 
    • 45 mos
  • Dave Schroeder 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Joey Castillo  
    • $100 
    • 45 mos
  • Tracy Sanchez 
    • $10 
    • 45 mos
  • Vanessa Beller  
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
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jon nelson 
Austin, TX
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